10/10/2014- Jo Bothmer opened the EMIN conference on Minimum Income by pointing out that the Netherlands are in a position that there is a minimum income (Law on Social Assistance) since 1965. In principal even earlier since the Old Age Pension Act was introduced in 1956. But as we see in other countries our minimum income schemes are under attack. Today we are looking from different target groups why this minimum income is that important.
The key-note speaker Esther Langen showed very clear how poverty as well as the number of working poor is increasing and that the next changes in social security starting at the 1st of January 2015 will be the next step in decreasing social assistance. Continue reading
24/03/2014- The Danish EMIN conference took place in Copenhagen Friday, September 24 and brought together over 150 participants, most professional, but also people who experience poverty. The conference had three items on the agenda: 1) EMIN Europe presented by Anne van Lancker, minimum incomes in Sweden presented by Johan Holmdahl and in Denmark presented by Per K. Larsen. 2) A young person experiencing homelessness, living on a minimum income, talked about their life and meetings with the Danish authorities. 3) leaders from social NGOs and a private enterprise spoke about good examples on rehabilitation and companies that take social responsibility. In all it was some interesting and inspiring hours. Continue reading
14/10/2014- The National EMIN conference was held in Malta last week. During the conference the draft of Malta’s EMIN Report was presented. Local television stations featured the conference in their news bulletins, including interviews with researcher Leonid Mc Kay. The EMIN Project and the findings of the report was aired live during a radio programme on a national radio station. Continue reading
14/10/2014- Lithuania’s National EMIN conference was organised last week at the Presidential Palace, with 110 participants. The President of Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite welcomed the conference. The Minister of Social Security and Labour also participated at the conference. Continue reading
Analysis of Minimum Income Schemes in EU Member States
A research study by the Anti-Poverty Forum Malta as part of the European Minimum Income Network
Minimum income schemes in Malta, albeit providing reasonably well resources against absolute poverty, do not provide enough for a dignified standard of living. This has been concluded from a research study commissioned by Anti-Poverty Forum Malta. Speaking during the launch of the research findings, researcher Mr Leonid Mc Kay on behalf of Anti-Poverty Forum Malta (APF Malta), explained that the research investigated the adequacy, coverage and take-up of non-contributory benefits in Malta with a particular focus on the Social Assistance benefit. The underlying philosophy is that minimum income schemes should guarantee an income that is indispensable to live a life in dignity and to fully participate in society.
On the 25th of September, EAPN Portugal organized a national conference to present the main results of the national report and to promote a broad discussion about adequate minimum income schemes. The half day seminar was attended by Bérengére Steppé, a Policy Officer from European Commission that strengthened the support of the Commission to the work that is being developed by EMIN Project and the satisfaction with the results achieved so far. This policy officer stressed that the Commission have high expectations for the recommendations that will come out of the project and how the networks will develop in all the Member States, as they represent an important leverage from the different types of stakeholders to build awareness and ensure the implementation of adequate minimum income schemes. It was also stated the commitment of the Commission with the effort to support the implementation of the active inclusion recommendation by making studies and developing data analysis to support raising awareness on this issue. Continue reading
The Finnish EMIN conference was held at the “Little Parliament”, an annex of the Parliament of Finland, on 30th September. The subject of minimum income was discussed from various points of view.
After the presentations on the EMIN project and the key findings of the Finnish EMIN report, there was an enlightening presentation on social assistance from a PeP point of view. There was also an introduction to the basis of the 2015 Finnish evaluation of the sufficiency of basic benefits – an evaluation that is conducted every four years as required by a legislative amendment. Continue reading